Martha’s Vineyard puts Somerset on ice with three-goal third

Huck Burke speeds over the blueline marked by Raider Cole Stafford. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard boys varsity hockey team erupted for three goals in the third period to cap off a dominating 4-0 Eastern Athletic Conference win over Somerset Berkley Saturday afternoon in Oak Bluffs.

Brian Fraser, Alexander Vukota, and Huck Burke scored in a 3:25 span of the final period to break open a game that was misleadingly close on the scoreboard, thanks in no small measure to the play of Raiders goalie Zach Raposa. The Vineyarders outshot Somerset Berkley 38-7 for the game.

The win was the second consecutive shutout for the Vineyarders (9-2, 3-1 EAC) and goalie Wyatt Jenkinson. M.V. can clinch a spot in state tournament with a win Monday afternoon (3 pm face off) at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena against Dennis-Yarmouth.

The visitors actually outshot the Vineyarders in the first period 5-4. The scoreboard read 0-0 until Tyson Araujo finally lit the lamp at 4:52 of the second period.

From there, the Vineyard defense completely shut the Raiders down. The Vineyarders piled on the pressure in the third period and outshot the Raiders 20-1.

Brian Fraser and Brian Hurley finished with two assists each. Tyson Araujo, Sam Burke, and Charlie Ashmun each had one.

“A great team effort,” assistant coach Max Sherman said following the win. “Matt Davies really moved the puck well, which we’ve been talking with him about. Andrew Carroll stepped up huge for us. We rolled six deep, five deep for most of the night. Marco Petricone stepped in and played some minutes. Those roll players are so key to a team that it helps support the guys up front and gives them confidence and improves the energy in the locker room.”